(I know what you’re singing now… :)
Let’s just say the further that you get away from the major centres the tougher it is to communicate. We had an interesting time trying to order a bit of room service for dinner here, which required a nice man to come up with a menu with pictures (actually very common to order from for anyone – that’s apparently how it’s done) Not that Datong is small – I think Verena (our guide) said that it was a measly three million people… But not a lot of foreigners here… Oh, and smog (or smelter smoke for all you Bomber-town lovers) that would put the Flon to shame. The second largest coal electrical plant Is here in Datong – quite a site… Looks like the opening scene from The Simpsons but on a much, much grander scale. Also got to see a piece of the original Wall – like the Great Wall, but older… I think Verena said that the history of Shanxi could be dated back past 5000 years… The oldest province in China apparently ;)
Mary Dan Dan is still a very quiet, serious little girl. She has been much more successful drinking from her sippy cup today – especially when juice is involved… Water is apparently not the motivator juice is :). She is still a champion eater and is willing to try just about anything we give her. We are starting to get a little bit more eye contact from Dan Dan and she seems very interested in Sylvie running around the room - She is still more of an observer than a participant but she will let Sylvie lead her around by the hand, so there will definitely be more.
Sylvie has been quite the little traveler and has been doing fantastic at becoming a jie jie (big sister). Everyone here is so impressed with her English speaking skills – being that she is only two and change. We all know she is a child star in the making but I think all the attention may go to her head… :) We’ll see if we can’t arrange some sort of early retirement with her as our breadwinner.
C & J & S & M (Not S & M in the way YOU are thinking…. This is ‘G’ rated)
…So if the Professor could build a radio out of coconuts – Why couldn’t he get their dumb asses off the island?
A little feeding before we head off to complete the adoption
All the girls at the government office where we are finishing paperwork
A group shot with the workers from the orphanage
On the road - Who knew there would be a 6.5 km tunnel in the mountain??
Here are the girls in the hotel lobby in Datong - They trucked around in there for a while.
The view from our hotel room in Datong - A lot of construction work is going in the city